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Virginia
03-05-2009, 01:52 PM
I thought it might be fun to post pics of some of our more strange looking racquets - ones that perhaps didn't take off, for one reason or another.

My Wilson Legacy is certainly strange looking, but it also has a certain beauty - what do you all think?

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_4gdlQm-LraY/Sa85FJkQu8I/AAAAAAAAAjk/sgkM2-1yARo/s800/Wilson%20Legacy.JPG

Bud
03-05-2009, 03:27 PM
Le Coq Sportif Concept 3/TXW

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SHLBPqg1ldI/AAAAAAAABZ0/FRV9FL1Y6CQ/s800/P1020909.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SHLBHy7Z30I/AAAAAAAABSE/zYDUFArQLH4/s800/P1020904.JPG

jimbo333
03-05-2009, 03:31 PM
Stop it please.......

Virginia
03-05-2009, 04:32 PM
I love those, Bud - I have the Noah TF-40 (with the ultra thin middle throat piece) and the Roscoe Tanner model. I think the design is quite beautiful and not odd at all... :)

jimbo333
03-05-2009, 05:24 PM
Yeah I agree, not at all odd, some of the best looking frames ever:)

I have 9 different versions of the Concept 3, which laughably I didn't realise was named after the 3 pronged throat!! Honestly it just didn't register with me until recently!!!

Bud is saving this one for me, to make it a round 10 in my collection!! Honestly he is:):)

Bud
03-05-2009, 06:31 PM
Yeah I agree, not at all odd, some of the best looking frames ever:)

I have 9 different versions of the Concept 3, which laughably I didn't realise was named after the 3 pronged throat!! Honestly it just didn't register with me until recently!!!

Bud is saving this one for me, to make it a round 10 in my collection!! Honestly he is:):)

What do the last 3 letters signify?

Virginia
03-05-2009, 06:44 PM
Let's see...

Three wives? hope not!
Three racquets? Obviously not!
Three children? Ah, triplets?

schu47
03-05-2009, 09:40 PM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB4SYbYpI/AAAAAAAARSM/hU_GGLDefRQ/s800/P2129213.JPG

I've got some odd ones, Virginia, but here's one of the oddest. It's called a Chris 5-Star. Easy to see why this one didn't take off. It's like a racquet UFO. Odd thing is, I've played with it, and it actually is a nice racquet -- not nearly as clunky as it looks. Anyone else tried this beauty?

Kirko
03-05-2009, 09:52 PM
I thought it might be fun to post pics of some of our more strange looking racquets - ones that perhaps didn't take off, for one reason or another.

My Wilson Legacy is certainly strange looking, but it also has a certain beauty - what do you all think?

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_4gdlQm-LraY/Sa85FJkQu8I/AAAAAAAAAjk/sgkM2-1yARo/s800/Wilson%20Legacy.JPG

Oh my ! I rmember the legacy and if we ever hear "the technology to end all technolgy" all we have to do is remeber the groundbreaking legacy ! :) very neato Virginia !

Virginia
03-05-2009, 10:57 PM
schu47, that certainly is an odd one - what head size is it? Seems like it's pretty big.

I've never seen these on the bay, must be pretty rare.

Kirko, if they're not beautiful, they're interesting, no two ways about it. Sometimes, of course, they're both.

Rorsach
03-05-2009, 11:09 PM
I keep hitting myself in the head for throwing out an old tennis magazine a couple of years ago. I had bought it somewhere in the 80's and it was a 200-300 pages thick. It had every frame with pictures, stats and playtests in it. Every frame i keep seeing here was in it.

:(

Dino Lagaffe
03-06-2009, 01:35 AM
I love those, Bud - I have the Noah TF-40 (with the ultra thin middle throat piece) and the Roscoe Tanner model. I think the design is quite beautiful and not odd at all... :)

The Noah not only looks good, it is also very nice to play with. The specs measured on my racquet:

Weight 356 g./12.56 oz
Flex: 60
SW: 342

Deuce
03-06-2009, 01:59 AM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB4SYbYpI/AAAAAAAARSM/hU_GGLDefRQ/s800/P2129213.JPG

I've got some odd ones, Virginia, but here's one of the oddest. It's called a Chris 5-Star. Easy to see why this one didn't take off. It's like a racquet UFO. Odd thing is, I've played with it, and it actually is a nice racquet -- not nearly as clunky as it looks. Anyone else tried this beauty?
I remember wanting one of those in the 80s.
In my adolescent mind at the time, I concluded that it must be very stable.

I never did get one.
Never even hit with one.
But I remember them very vividly.

roundiesee
03-06-2009, 03:27 AM
Didn't Yannick Noah use one of those to win his French title against Mats Wilander? I thought he served and volleyed beautifully for 3 sets! Must have been a great all-court racket to use!

Dino Lagaffe
03-06-2009, 04:10 AM
The Noah not only looks good, it is also very nice to play with. The specs measured on my racquet:

Weight 356 g./12.56 oz
Flex: 60
SW: 342

Didn't Yannick Noah use one of those to win his French title against Mats Wilander? I thought he served and volleyed beautifully for 3 sets! Must have been a great all-court racket to use!

No, in 1983 he used the Concept 3 oversize. It looks like this:
http://www.sportsaga.com/images/Tennis/Noah/Raquette_Yannick_Noah.jpg

I measured the the following specs on one of mine:

Concept 3 Oversize
Weight: 382 g./13.48 oz
Flex: 49
SW: 351

dataseviltwin
03-06-2009, 04:18 AM
No, in 1983 he used the Concept 3 oversize. It looks like this:
http://www.sportsaga.com/images/Tennis/Noah/Raquette_Yannick_Noah.jpg

I measured the the following specs on one of mine:

Concept 3 Oversize
Weight: 382 g./13.48 oz
Flex: 49
SW: 351

Definitely the right stick... There were later models, but that's the one Noah used to win the French. I've got the later Noah TS-25 (all black), but I'm still in less-than-50-post jail, so I can't post a picture yet. :evil:

Dino Lagaffe
03-06-2009, 04:19 AM
Oh, and here is what the TF-40 looks like:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Sports/Racquet-sports/Tennis/Racquets/auction-201758250.htm

pmerk34
03-06-2009, 04:24 AM
Definitely the right stick... There were later models, but that's the one Noah used to win the French. I've got the later Noah TS-25 (all black), but I'm still in less-than-50-post jail, so I can't post a picture yet. :evil:

Was Noah's racquet graphite or wood? I always assumed it was graphite but then I thought I read it was wood...

Dino Lagaffe
03-06-2009, 04:46 AM
Was Noah's racquet graphite or wood? I always assumed it was graphite but then I thought I read it was wood...

The Concept 3 oversize is made of graphite reinforced wood.

schu47
03-06-2009, 06:37 AM
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbE_ETBnLKI/AAAAAAAARVY/h1ZGeGKhhFw/s400/P3060054.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbE_FMbLxfI/AAAAAAAARVg/wS0Lrz3K0Sk/s400/P3060056.JPG

Deuce and Virginia. This thing isn't quite as monstrous as it looks when you set it on top of another racquet. It's probably got about a 110 sq. in. head, like the Prince oversize it's sitting on top of. Not real heavy, either -- probably less than 12 oz. It seems so odd to me, but some of these racquet manufacturers didn't put any real information on their frames, like head size, composition, weight. This one just says "Composite," although a composite of what is anybody's guess. About the only thing it has is this extended pseudo-scientific gibberish about the racquet's "essentially larger radius of gyration." I guess all those things are part of the charm of these frames.

Virginia
03-06-2009, 09:32 AM
Oh, and here is what the TF-40 looks like:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Sports/Racquet-sports/Tennis/Racquets/auction-201758250.htm
And guess who the lucky auction winner was?

Dino, we must compare notes sometime - what part of New Zealand are you in? Or did you just google that racquet and come across the Trademe listing?

joe sch
03-06-2009, 05:41 PM
Le Coq Sportif Concept 3/TXW

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SHLBPqg1ldI/AAAAAAAABZ0/FRV9FL1Y6CQ/s800/P1020909.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SHLBHy7Z30I/AAAAAAAABSE/zYDUFArQLH4/s800/P1020904.JPG

A beautiful racket but kills me to see those cheapo strings on it.

plasma
03-07-2009, 02:34 AM
i love the cheapo strings, reminiscent of a herringbone suit with elbow patches and a pipe, looks like a racquet out of a Connery Bond flick!

Dino Lagaffe
03-07-2009, 06:56 AM
And guess who the lucky auction winner was?

Dino, we must compare notes sometime - what part of New Zealand are you in? Or did you just google that racquet and come across the Trademe listing?

1. I think I know who... :wink:
2. I googled it. Actually I'm in Sweden. We still can compare notes, though. :)

Bud
03-07-2009, 06:56 PM
A beautiful racket but kills me to see those cheapo strings on it.

i love the cheapo strings, reminiscent of a herringbone suit with elbow patches and a pipe, looks like a racquet out of a Connery Bond flick!

I, too like the look of the strings! :)

What kind are they BTW... anyone recognize them? They are slightly textured.

One of these days, I'll get around to re-stringing it with some NG and Power Pads :)

jimbo333
03-09-2009, 01:55 AM
Le Coq Sportif Concept 3/TXW

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SHLBPqg1ldI/AAAAAAAABZ0/FRV9FL1Y6CQ/s800/P1020909.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SHLBHy7Z30I/AAAAAAAABSE/zYDUFArQLH4/s800/P1020904.JPG

What an amazing series of racquets these Le Coq Sportif Concept 3 Series are:) I have the following in my collection:-

1. Roscoe Tanner TXM
2. TXO
3. Noah TCO
4. Noah TS-30
5. Noah TF-40
6. TF-30
7. C3-Mid
8. Noah PRO
9. C3 F100

Need photos really to show these, but still having problems on that front:( And looking to add another at some point in the future!!!

plasma
03-09-2009, 02:29 AM
I'm looking to match my tanner, please save the 85 non-widebody concept 3's that look like this for Plasma, without them: he is powerless!!!
http://i42.tinypic.com/ou1or7.jpg
my roscoe is part prostaff, part vacuum pro 90. It plays brilliantly, yet my inability to match it makes me weep.

jimbo333
03-09-2009, 02:36 AM
Wheres that ball now Roscoe?

Now concentrate, CONCENTRATE:):)

Bud
03-09-2009, 12:40 PM
What an amazing series of racquets these Le Coq Sportif Concept 3 Series are:) I have the following in my collection:-

1. Roscoe Tanner TXM
2. TXO
3. Noah TCO
4. Noah TS-30
5. Noah TF-40
6. TF-30
7. C3-Mid
8. Noah PRO
9. C3 F100

Need photos really to show these, but still having problems on that front:( And looking to add another at some point in the future!!!

Post the pics, already! :twisted:

jms007
03-09-2009, 01:40 PM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB4SYbYpI/AAAAAAAARSM/hU_GGLDefRQ/s800/P2129213.JPG

I've got some odd ones, Virginia, but here's one of the oddest. It's called a Chris 5-Star. Easy to see why this one didn't take off. It's like a racquet UFO. Odd thing is, I've played with it, and it actually is a nice racquet -- not nearly as clunky as it looks. Anyone else tried this beauty?

My god. I bet you can make some pretty sweet airshots with that thoat

jimbo333
03-09-2009, 04:12 PM
Post the pics, already! :twisted:

I'm not giving up:)

I have the new camera, and it takes great photos, and can transfer them to my computer, so am more than halfway there:)

But whenever I try to upload to photohost site, my computer crashes!! Someone is hopefully sorting this at the weekend. I've got loads of photos to show:)

robby c
03-09-2009, 07:12 PM
I'm looking to match my tanner, please save the 85 non-widebody concept 3's that look like this for Plasma, without them: he is powerless!!!
http://i42.tinypic.com/ou1or7.jpg
my roscoe is part prostaff, part vacuum pro 90. It plays brilliantly, yet my inability to match it makes me weep.

Played the Tanner TXM my Sr. year in college in '85. Great serving racquet.
Robby C

galain
03-10-2009, 11:25 PM
What an amazing series of racquets these Le Coq Sportif Concept 3 Series are:) I have the following in my collection:-

1. Roscoe Tanner TXM
2. TXO
3. Noah TCO
4. Noah TS-30
5. Noah TF-40
6. TF-30
7. C3-Mid
8. Noah PRO
9. C3 F100

Need photos really to show these, but still having problems on that front:( And looking to add another at some point in the future!!!


Oh God mate - please post the pics when you can with perhaps a little review or summary of each frame. These things are pretty hard to find - I've never known anyone to have as many as 9 different models. Even start a new thread about it - I'm sure you'll make many many people very happy. Tinypic is a good host and allows you to resize photos as well.

Can't wait to to see the pics. I just found myself a TCO and was feeling pretty pleased - but I'm just a pauper in the fields compared to you!

Virginia
03-11-2009, 12:37 AM
I agree, galain - I have the Tanner and the TF-40 and just love these racquets and would love to have even more.

schua47, just a reminder, I have a TF-40 for you - will send it next month. :)

jimbo333
03-11-2009, 05:14 AM
Oh God mate - please post the pics when you can with perhaps a little review or summary of each frame. These things are pretty hard to find - I've never known anyone to have as many as 9 different models. Even start a new thread about it - I'm sure you'll make many many people very happy. Tinypic is a good host and allows you to resize photos as well.

Can't wait to to see the pics. I just found myself a TCO and was feeling pretty pleased - but I'm just a pauper in the fields compared to you!

Yeah these are great Racquets for sure:)

Photos will be on their way soon, hopefully after the weekend:):)

Rorsach
03-11-2009, 08:13 AM
What an amazing series of racquets these Le Coq Sportif Concept 3 Series are:) I have the following in my collection:-

1. Roscoe Tanner TXM
2. TXO
3. Noah TCO
4. Noah TS-30
5. Noah TF-40
6. TF-30
7. C3-Mid
8. Noah PRO
9. C3 F100

Need photos really to show these, but still having problems on that front:( And looking to add another at some point in the future!!!

Get that camera already :evil:

What's the difference between the Concept 3 Oversize and the Noah TCO? I've seen pics of both, but they look the same.

vsbabolat
03-11-2009, 10:02 AM
Get that camera already :evil:

What's the difference between the Concept 3 Oversize and the Noah TCO? I've seen pics of both, but they look the same.

Here is the Concept Three TXO that was considered Oversize in the early 80's.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/attachmenta354a369.jpg

The Concept Three TCO Noah that was wood reinforced with graphite which was also called Oversize at the time.'
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/attachment31b56e09.jpg

Bud
03-11-2009, 10:19 AM
What exactly was the 'concept' behind the three prongs in the throat?

vsbabolat
03-11-2009, 10:22 AM
What exactly was the 'concept' behind the three prongs in the throat?

To absorb shock, vibration, and add stability to the racquet.

Bud
03-11-2009, 10:25 AM
To absorb shock, vibration, and add stability to the racquet.

Did it work? :lol:

plasma
03-12-2009, 11:42 AM
yah mon, dis ting, it work, it work mi breddren, mi serve is a roairn a lion a judah, bumba rumba shabba shooby.
http://i40.tinypic.com/214oz6d.jpg
french open champion Yannich Noah

Rorsach
03-13-2009, 01:55 AM
Managed to find 2 Le Coq Sportif Classics. One Concept 3 Oversize, and one Noah TCO. If only the mail guys would hurry up and deliver them. Still don't know the difference between them though, but i think it's the same frame with 2 different names.

2 small, low quality pics:

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9056/noah2.jpg
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3098/noah1.jpg

AndrewD
03-13-2009, 04:23 AM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB4SYbYpI/AAAAAAAARSM/hU_GGLDefRQ/s800/P2129213.JPG

I've got some odd ones, Virginia, but here's one of the oddest. It's called a Chris 5-Star. Easy to see why this one didn't take off. It's like a racquet UFO. Odd thing is, I've played with it, and it actually is a nice racquet -- not nearly as clunky as it looks. Anyone else tried this beauty?

Yep, I remember the Chris. There were a few different models - in terms of cost: the blue, the white and the black, not sure if there was another one as well. While you could certainly hit a reasonable ball with it (reasonable, not great) the design had one major flaw. As soon as it got windy the racquet would almost take on a life of its own and you'd end up using all your strength to stop it being pushed around by the wind . At impact it was okay but, due to the lack of weight, just not solid enough.

I do also recall that there was a Spalding frame from almost the exact same period of time that had a particularly unusual shape (one of a whole range that had an odd sort of style). It was taken up by a few pros and I remember David Pate and Tami (or Teri) Whitlinger using it. Jet black and exceptionally stiff. Also remember Bryan Shelton, Debbie Graham and Shaun Stafford using models in the Spalding range.

plasma
03-13-2009, 08:37 AM
I'd love to get a spalding cross string racquet in 80 sq. in...perhaps the best and most enjoyable research on the subject of odd racquets; that I've found is:
http://www.tennishistory.com.au/
I wish that there was more info to read on racquets, guess I've got to get Keublers book...

vsbabolat
03-13-2009, 08:52 AM
Managed to find 2 Le Coq Sportif Classics. One Concept 3 Oversize, and one Noah TCO. If only the mail guys would hurry up and deliver them. Still don't know the difference between them though, but i think it's the same frame with 2 different names.

2 small, low quality pics:

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9056/noah2.jpg
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3098/noah1.jpg

I know Le Coq Sportif did a limited edition re-release last summer of those racquets celebrating Noah's 25th anniversary of winning the French Open. They only sold those racquets in Europe last Summer.:(

The original production of the TCO had Oversize written on the bridge of the racquet. My TXO has oversize written on the bridge of the racquet. "Concept Three Oversize". They were considered Ovesize racquet back in the early 80's. Now they are considered Midplus

Rorsach
03-13-2009, 08:58 AM
I wish that there was more info to read on racquets, guess I've got to get Keublers book...

If you manage to find an extra copy of that book, let me know.

schu47
03-13-2009, 09:32 AM
OK, here is my March Madness Odd All-Star starting five, in addition to the others which have been posted so far:

Mad Raq New York
Blackburne DS107 Double Strung
Wilson Javelin 95
Bergelin Long-String (yellow version that has both MacGregor and Asics logos)
Snauwaert Ergonom.

Gotta be even weirder ones out there. Anybody else?




http://lh4.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbqVZzbCoHI/AAAAAAAASS0/zu6z1aFFvb0/s800/P3130400.JPG

plasma
03-21-2009, 07:21 AM
what an awesome collection of oddball concept racquets. I have a bunch of great oddballs. F150 is still the oddest and most ironic and fugly of the bunch, just can't bring myself to adopt one!!! hoe does the edberg Javelin play?, there's one I'd looove to get!!!!

hoodjem
03-22-2009, 11:38 AM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB4SYbYpI/AAAAAAAARSM/hU_GGLDefRQ/s800/P2129213.JPG

Odd thing is, I've played with it, and it actually is a nice racquet -- not nearly as clunky as it looks. Anyone else tried this beauty?

It has a HUUUUUUUUUUGE sweetspot.

Just kidding :).

coachrick
07-23-2009, 12:51 PM
Just stumbled across this thread...been reliving the 70s-90s on a couple of other threads. I actually have a Wilson Legacy, original strings...looks to have hit just a few balls.

I played and taught with the white Chris Star for a few months. Fantastic stability on off-center hits...a bit of a bother to string, depending on the machine. They had a bit of a following in Atlanta for a while. The Spalding that was similar had an even wider span at the throat...didn't mount at all on some stringers. Same idea for off-center stability but the junction of the throat and hoop was pretty weak and split easily.

I don't have one but I'm surprised the Durbin isn't shown here. Pretty strange for its day.

plasma
07-23-2009, 02:20 PM
what????, there was another super wide throat racquet?????? I vaguely remember it? The chris was sooooo ugly, I would have been embarassed to use it as a competitive player. Now I'm curious, and want to hit with the chris as many players like yourself have given positive playtest results.
The women I've dated recently prove that looks mean nothing to me...NOTHING!!! (jk)

VGP
07-23-2009, 02:55 PM
I think the Chris was used in 'Total Recall' by Sharon Stone. She was taking a "virtual tennis lesson" via hologram. I guess they needed a racket that looked futuristic.

Tennis Man
07-23-2009, 03:06 PM
anything odd here ? :)

http://i25.tinypic.com/25rmbtl.jpg

Tennis Man
07-23-2009, 03:08 PM
I guess it was already posted ... oops, sorry.

coachrick
07-23-2009, 03:20 PM
what????, there was another super wide throat racquet?????? I vaguely remember it? The chris was sooooo ugly, I would have been embarassed to use it as a competitive player. Now I'm curious, and want to hit with the chris as many players like yourself have given positive playtest results.
The women I've dated recently prove that looks mean nothing to me...NOTHING!!! (jk)

There's a picture of the Spalding on the Aussie site referenced earlier...still can't think of the model name.

There were probably a half-dozen of us at 'my' tennis center in Atlanta who used the Chris for a few months. If they(Chris) had stayed around, I probably would have stuck with them. One local pro switched 'most' of her students to it so we kept seeing them for a while. Really, a very stable and solid feeling racket.

coachrick
07-23-2009, 03:21 PM
anything odd here ? :)

http://i25.tinypic.com/25rmbtl.jpg

They look perfectly normal to me :)...
Anybody got a pic of the 'Handler' out of Alabama?

jimbo333
07-23-2009, 03:31 PM
Is it anything to do with the day of the triffids:)

schu47
07-23-2009, 04:58 PM
AndrewD,

This might be the Spalding you're thinking of with the wide, wide throat. I think Spalding made a few different models sort of like this. This one is called the Orbi-Tech 95. Great, futuristic name -- made me think right away of Woody Allen's Orgasmatron. Nice, space-age typeface on the racquet, too.

Spalding made some odd models. I also have one painted like a taxi-cab, and another with a denim paintjob, complete with painted stitching and a denim head cover.

I'm always surprised when some of these odd-looking racquets actually seem to work, and the Orbi-Tech is pretty good. Maybe that super-wide throat gives it stability or something.

Spalding Orbi-Tech 95
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB6sqxDbI/AAAAAAAARSc/pqUIBTjwHBI/s800/P2129216.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB7qEDueI/AAAAAAAARSk/6z-sDCWYy5c/s800/P2129219.JPG



(NOTE TO PLAZ: The Javelin 95 is a great racquet to play. I took it out one day with a Pro Staff 6.0 95, and thought the Javelin was head and shoulders better. Had a solid, substantial, balanced, powerful feel, like a larger version of the Ultra. Scrape up $200 or $300 and get yourself one. Or better yet, get the Javelin Midsize, which seems to be identical except that it doesn't have that cool double-split throat. It plays the same and would be a lot cheaper.)

Javelin 95
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SkOA1iiSWjI/AAAAAAAAak4/wJLCqZ-aCic/s800/P5013802.JPG

Javelin Midsize
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SkOAzNcIcvI/AAAAAAAAakk/Xg4-g6HpEuI/s800/P5013797.JPG

gpt
07-24-2009, 04:10 AM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SbDB4SYbYpI/AAAAAAAARSM/hU_GGLDefRQ/s800/P2129213.JPG

I've got some odd ones, Virginia, but here's one of the oddest. It's called a Chris 5-Star. Easy to see why this one didn't take off. It's like a racquet UFO. Odd thing is, I've played with it, and it actually is a nice racquet -- not nearly as clunky as it looks. Anyone else tried this beauty?


shu, i was looking for a picture of a weed for jimbo and found this. thought you might like it.




http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv210/gpt25963/chriscte5star.jpg

gpt
07-24-2009, 04:20 AM
I don't have one but I'm surprised the Durbin isn't shown here. Pretty strange for its day.

Is this the Durbin you mean coach?

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv210/gpt25963/durbingraphite.jpg

schu47
07-24-2009, 04:40 AM
shu, i was looking for a picture of a weed for jimbo and found this. thought you might like it.




http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv210/gpt25963/chriscte5star.jpg



Great stuff, gpt. Thanks. Makes you want to run right out and buy one. I bet they weren't cheap.

plasma
07-24-2009, 08:01 PM
no they weren't cheap at all. First time in 15 years I see the silly out of place ad photo of the inventor. For a while, before women, before I was even aware of being me, I was glued to tennis magazine, thanks for the deja vu....mmmm
I always thought the hyperthyroidism on that thing and the name were silly. Now I see it objectively form a design/ergonomic standpoint kinda the way you can tell how a racquet will play before you hit with it..
In terms of the "physiognomy" of this frame is looks awesome. Looks like it would provide racquet-ball like power and t-2000 like accuracy. The wide bridge may also contribute to added stability against torque...Too bad this frame failed. It might just be an excellent frame...
TW classic Rack Talk members bow their heads in a moment of silence, for the unique and legendary Chris 5 star.
rest in peace, Chris

Captain Haddock
07-25-2009, 07:15 AM
I tried a couple of Chris frames back in the day. I found it difficult to hold the shaft of the frame with my non-dominant hand on the one-handed backhand. The frame was so wide in that spot that it forced me to place my other hand close to the top of the grip, not high on the throat as I tend to do. Another brand with a similar design was RIVAL with its AU series. World Tennis gave them good reviews.

coachrick
07-25-2009, 09:08 AM
Is this the Durbin you mean coach?

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv210/gpt25963/durbingraphite.jpg

That's the one...I had a bit of interest in an aluminum one on the bay this week...didn't get it...wasn't THAT interested. Seems I recall a Fred Perry version of the Durbin back in the 70s...white frame IIRC.

I have a Wonder Wand on the way...135 sq in I believe.

plasma
07-25-2009, 11:32 AM
the fred perry was identical but white. Had that cool laurel wreat lgog as well, made in Princeton, NJ.
and yeas. I AM the racquet rainman..."definetely a St.Vincent...yeah."

jimbo333
07-26-2009, 09:19 AM
the fred perry was identical but white. Had that cool laurel wreat lgog as well, made in Princeton, NJ.
and yeas. I AM the racquet rainman..."definetely a St.Vincent...yeah."

How on earth do you know all these obscure facts?

Am very impressed. I have one of these, and thought the head was smaller than the Durbin? Have just looked for it and can't find it:(

Tennis Man
08-06-2009, 08:39 PM
Here are some of my odd (I think) classics together:

http://i26.tinypic.com/9vb05w.jpg

Virginia
11-27-2009, 10:04 AM
shu, i was looking for a picture of a weed for jimbo and found this. thought you might like it.

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv210/gpt25963/chriscte5star.jpg

Great stuff, gpt. Thanks. Makes you want to run right out and buy one. I bet they weren't cheap.

no they weren't cheap at all. First time in 15 years I see the silly out of place ad photo of the inventor. For a while, before women, before I was even aware of being me, I was glued to tennis magazine, thanks for the deja vu....mmmm
I always thought the hyperthyroidism on that thing and the name were silly. Now I see it objectively form a design/ergonomic standpoint kinda the way you can tell how a racquet will play before you hit with it..
In terms of the "physiognomy" of this frame is looks awesome. Looks like it would provide racquet-ball like power and t-2000 like accuracy. The wide bridge may also contribute to added stability against torque...Too bad this frame failed. It might just be an excellent frame...
TW classic Rack Talk members bow their heads in a moment of silence, for the unique and legendary Chris 5 star.
rest in peace, Chris
Chris is alive and well - for me this racquet is "the one". All the claims they made are true - even my stringer agrees and he rubbishes all the gimmicks around today. For comparison, he cites the Prince Mono - with that thin monoshaft, there's plenty of scope for twisting, but the wide throat area of the Chris makes it incredibly stable.

If anyone has a spare Chris Competition in at least 9/10 condition, please let me know. :)

jimbo333
11-27-2009, 10:11 AM
^^^^^The Chris is not a good looking racquet though is it, you can see why the average club player was at least slightly concerned about playing with this, however it actually played!

I dare you to show a photo of yourself playing with this "interesting" racquet:)

In fact I never got to see Maureen swinging away with her Mono:)

Virginia
11-27-2009, 03:17 PM
I do actually think the Chris is rather handsome. I know it's unconventional, but it's that difference that gives it its superiority over many others. Note what Plaz said above.

A friend of mine at the club admired it and said she thought it was not only beautiful but elegant too. So there!

I will most certainly post a photo one day of me playing with it (or holding it anyway), along with a photo of Maureen. Actually a really good idea might be to take a joint photo with us standing next to each other, holding the Mono and the Chris.

jimbo333
11-27-2009, 04:07 PM
^^^^ I'll look forward to it:)

tennis005
11-29-2009, 07:48 PM
The weirdest racket I have is a old Chinese racket. See it at 80s-tennis.com . Go to oddish rackets and scroll to the bottom. The brand is Aeroplane.

jimbo333
11-30-2009, 02:11 AM
The weirdest racket I have is a old Chinese racket. See it at 80s-tennis.com . Go to oddish rackets and scroll to the bottom. The brand is Aeroplane.

Just had a look, and nice a racquet as it is, I don't think those will ever take off:)

tennis005
11-30-2009, 06:08 PM
It pretty nice but has one crack. Otherwise a interesting looking racket.

dataseviltwin
12-07-2009, 04:56 AM
Is this the Durbin you mean coach?

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv210/gpt25963/durbingraphite.jpg

I couldn't remember the name of it :shock:- if anyone has an aluminum (aluminium for those not in the Estados Unidos) Durbin they're willing to part with reasonably, talk to me!

jimbo333
12-22-2009, 03:49 PM
My Fred Perry White Durbin:)

http://i47.tinypic.com/juvjx4.jpg

http://i49.tinypic.com/10y2nbl.jpg

Bud
12-22-2009, 04:03 PM
I couldn't remember the name of it :shock:- if anyone has an aluminum (aluminium for those not in the Estados Unidos) Durbin they're willing to part with reasonably, talk to me!

I have one somewhere... that I'd be willing to part with :)

Virginia
12-22-2009, 07:40 PM
*Drools over jimbo's Durbin*

tennis005
12-22-2009, 08:20 PM
My Fred Perry White Durbin:)

http://i47.tinypic.com/juvjx4.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/10y2nbl.jpg

Beautiful racquet!!! Looks to be in great condition.( Don't tell me where you live. You might come home and find that racquet missing.:))

jimbo333
12-23-2009, 01:13 AM
Here is another mad looking racquet:)

The Dura-Fiber Lite, you can't really tell from the photo, but it is a bright orangey/red colour and has a ridiculously narrow head/throat beam!

http://i47.tinypic.com/ncyqrk.jpg

Virginia
12-23-2009, 09:21 AM
I have that one coming to me, jimbo and it sure is a bright orange. I wonder if it will match the racquet cassette I got recently - you can see a photo if you check out the bay listing numbered 180434774009

I also have the original black Dura-Fiber, which came in a custom made sheepskin case. :)

jimbo333
12-23-2009, 10:20 AM
I have that one coming to me, jimbo and it sure is a bright orange. I wonder if it will match the racquet cassette I got recently - you can see a photo if you check out the bay listing numbered 180434774009

I also have the original black Dura-Fiber, which came in a custom made sheepskin case. :)

That racquet cassette case is so cool:)

I really like stuff like this!

Virginia
12-23-2009, 10:32 AM
Me too. That sheepskin case is something else - lined, full length sheepskin. Must have cost the owner quite a bit. She also had a brass plate with her name on affixed to the butt cap.

I have a couple of mint New Zealand made, numbered consecutively, head cases, with a pocket in front, which holds two balls, one red and one blue.

jimbo333
12-23-2009, 10:37 AM
^^^^^ Sound nice items:)

I've got a bit of a collection going of Adidas Racquet bags from the 70's and 80's, I have about 10 of them, and will do some photos at some point in the New Year!

Hannah19
10-16-2012, 02:45 AM
That's the one...I had a bit of interest in an aluminum one on the bay this week...didn't get it...wasn't THAT interested. Seems I recall a Fred Perry version of the Durbin back in the 70s...white frame IIRC.

I have a Wonder Wand on the way...135 sq in I believe.

Coach, do you still have one of the Durbin Graphites?

coachrick
10-16-2012, 06:46 AM
Coach, do you still have one of the Durbin Graphites?

Sorry, no graphites...one each Durbin aluminum and Fred Perry aluminum.

Sanglier
10-21-2012, 08:35 PM
I searched the archives looking for prior discussions on Rival racquets and turned up nothing (when an obscure brand is given such a common name, a focused search is nearly impossible). Surely it belongs in this thread?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v15/sanglier/AU700.jpg


Not only is this an odd-looking racquet, it is surprisingly pleasant to play with, once one gets past its unusual geometry. I see no indication of where the racquet was designed, but there is a "Made in Taiwan" label inside the cover, so perhaps the frame was made there as well?

My impression is that the AU700 is the most commonly encountered model made by this brand, as it has come up a number of times on the big auction site, but evidently there were quite a few other models in the series as well. For instance, just a few hours ago, an AU100 closed on the nameless auction site for a mildly obscene chunk of change. Clearly, these sticks have an avid following among weird frame lovers!

Does anyone here know the full story behind this maker, or have a complete collection of their product line? A link to an older thread where this may have already been discussed would be much appreciated as well.

coachrick
10-21-2012, 09:17 PM
WOW! Makes my Chris Star look positively normal ;) .

zapvor
10-27-2012, 05:05 PM
I searched the archives looking for prior discussions on Rival racquets and turned up nothing (when an obscure brand is given such a common name, a focused search is nearly impossible). Surely it belongs in this thread?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v15/sanglier/AU700.jpg


Not only is this an odd-looking racquet, it is surprisingly pleasant to play with, once one gets past its unusual geometry. I see no indication of where the racquet was designed, but there is a "Made in Taiwan" label inside the cover, so perhaps the frame was made there as well?

l.

wow indeed. thanks for sharing. i dont know anything about this